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Picture Book Saturday: Boris and Bella

Picture Book Saturday is celebrating Halloween themed books!

Boris and Bella

Bella Legrossi is the messiest monster in all of Booville. Her slime is the slimiest and her grime is the grimiest. Alas, she is neighbors with Boris Kleanitoff, a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together? Why, a hoppin' Halloween party, of course!

I have this weird habit of theming my reading material for my youngest son. During the summer, we were surrounded by books with beaches as the setting.  When school started in August, we read 30 books about the first day of school. So you can probably guess what October's theme was. (November is all about the turkey!)

I went on a mad hunt for unique Halloween/October themed books. Of course, I included a few classics on my list, but I mostly focused on the new. Boris and Bella was new to me. And I have to say, I was delighted with this book.

The story is cute. Boris is an OCD neat freak monster, while Bella is a slob. They can't stand each other until a common mission unites them. While trying to prove why another monster's party is horrible, they discover each other in a new light. After one dance, a new friendship begins. Super cute!

While the story was well written, and I loved the word play-- the illustrations stole the show. They were great! I am always in awe of illustrators that can give dimension and personality to their pictures. It's a rare talent that Gris Grimly has. Boris and Bella came to life on each page. I found myself studying the faces and the details in the pictures. My son enjoyed the dance scene, matching the pictures to the descriptions I read aloud.

This is a great hit for the season. If you have youngsters at home, you need to check this one out.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

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